2015 Wild & Crazy Taco Night

22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night


With 28 chefs and 700 guests, Share Our Selves’ 22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night on Thursday, April 16th, at Share Our Selves, was a delicious success! Orange County’s finest chefs lent their amazing culinary talents to this community event, which netted approximately $82,000 to support the SOS Food Pantry – helping feed OC residents at risk of going hungry.

The VIP pre-event was a festive affair. Participating guests received early entrance into the event, and the opportunity to sample every chef’s taco, Tres Sietes Tequila margaritas, and beer donated by Barley Forge Brewing Co., before the rush.

The general event was as wild & crazy as ever! Guests mingled between the chef stations and bars – enjoying all of the unique tacos, lively chefs and music from DJ Drew Pierce. Event supporter, David Robins, was the lucky of winner of the opportunity drawing prize – four Disneyland Park Hopper tickets.

In celebration of the 22nd year of the event, SOS asked guests to participate in the “Fill the Food Bag Challenge” to raise $2,200 during the three-hour event to support the SOS Food Pantry. Guests generously participated, hitting the fundraising goal by the end of the night.

All of the proceeds from the event benefit the SOS Food Pantry, which collects retrievable food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and caterers to distribute to low income Orange County residents. Six mornings a week, volunteer and staff drivers collect food from throughout the county and deliver it to SOS. Other volunteers package and bag the food for distribution to families. Five days a week, SOS gives out an average of 215 bags of groceries a day.

A huge thank you to our generous chefs, sponsors, event sponsors, Wild & Crazy Taco Night Committee & volunteers for making this event a huge success:

Arti Anand The Dessert Lab: 1. Mango Cheesecake 2. Taco Style Cannoli
Carlos Anthony taco asylum: Goat Molé Taco
Franco Barone il Barone Ristorante: Taco di Crudo do Pesce: Sea bass and razor clams marinated in lemon, olive oil and pepperoncino oil
Jeffrey Boullt SOCIAL Costa Mesa: Lamb Bacon Taco with Ancho harissa, heirloom radish slaw, coriander blossoms, citrus Greek yogurt, and pickled grapes
Paul Buchanan Primal Alchemy: Local Love Taco with Asian Green Cali goat cheese, Indian pumpkin & Russian kale
Greg Daniels Haven Gastropub & Provisions Market: Haven Gastropub: Banh Mi Taco with kimchi tortilla, fried bologna with Vietnamese flavors, pickled carrot & Fresno chili, rice cracker, cilantro, daikon sprouts
Mark Gagnon Newport Beach Plaza: Turkey Dinner Taco: Patron roasted turkey with sweet & spicy yam, Finnish potato bread and Grand Marnier cranberry glaze
Salvatore Gonzales Newport Rib Company: Roast Tri-tip Fajitas Taco with red & green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, served with roasted green tomatillo salsa, in a corn tortilla
Manny Gonzalez TAPS Fish House & Brewery: TAPS Foie-Co Taco with Huitlacoche, popcorn molé & foie mousse on a crispy buñuelo shell
Alan Greeley The Golden Truffle: Don’t be an Ass Butt Burritos
Andrew Gruel SLAPFISH: Crispy Lobster Roll Taco
Carlito Jocson & Adam Feirman Yard House: 1. Vampire Taco: Cheese-crusted flour tortilla, carnitas, bacon chorizo, chipotle salsa, roast garlic, guacamole, cilantro 2. Vegan Tostada: “Nutcho Cheese,” shredded lettuce, tofu, crema, salsa, tomato, cilantro
Louie Jocson Zov’s: Blue Crab Ceviche Taco with yuzu citrus, Aleppo & Urfa peppers, fresh herbs, roasted corn, really good olive oil, and Shut Up Sauce
Linda Johnsen Filomena’s Italian Kitchen: Italian Hot Roast Pork Taco
Rachel Klemek Blackmarket Bakery: Sweet & Sassy Taco
Steve Kling Five Crowns: Corned Pork Short Rib Taco with Caesar slaw & caramelized onion
Manfred Lassahn & Jose Rodriguez Pete’s Sunset Grille at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa: Peruvian Aji Poke Taco with aji poke saltado, smashed avocado, salsa de aji, crispy shallots, black tobikko caviar, micro cilantro, radish
David Man Island Hotel: Gordita: Classically seasoned turkey, refried beans, avocado crema, micro salad, Habanero molcajete salsa & queso fresco
Alessandro Pirozzi Pirozzi Corona del Mar, Alessá Laguna & Mare Culinary Lounge: Smoked Swordfish Belly Taco with spicy Calabria pepper aioli, wrapped in a limoncello infused fresh taco shell
Cory Rapp The Catch: 1. Grilled Octopus Ceviche Taco with squash blossom tortilla, salsa quemada, cilantro 2. Cabeza Taco with red corn tortillas, nopales escabeche, gooseberry salsa borracha
Deborah Schneider & Alfonso de Zuniga Sol Cocina: Cochinita Pibil Taco with pickled red onions, Habanero, pineapple, and jicama slaw with an Epazote crema
Deborah Schneider & Jesus Silva solita tacos & margaritas: Red Chile Beef Taco
Paul Squicciarini Culinary Craft: Taco Poppers
Lou Tista Rasta Taco: 1. Molé Rojo Chicken Tacos, served with a house pickled slaw and a poblano aji puree, and topped with cotija cheese 2. Beef Chapli Taco served with a traditional tzatziki, and topped with a mango relish
Dustin White Orange Hill: Big Jerk Taco with smoked wild boar, pineapple, mango & black bean salsa, pickled red onion, and jicama
Marco Zapien Melissa’s Produce: Roasted Corn & Black Bean Tacos with pixie tangerine & pickled red onion slaw topped with queso ranchero


Premiere Sponsor

Habanero Sponsor

Piñata Sponsor
Bob & Anne Cress
Taco Bell Corporation

Cactus Sponsor
Frome Family Foundation
Will & Annick Klatte
The Thomas Family
The Thompson Family Foundation

Sombrero Sponsor
Christopher L. Blank
Bowman Financial Services
Robin & Linda Boyd
George Hoag Family Foundation – Michael Stephens, Board Member
Dr. Richard & Mrs. Sandra Haskell
Ingardia Bros. Produce Inc.
Karen Klein
Jim & Linda Pierog, in honor of Larry & Dulcie Kugelman

James D. Akins, Jr.
Jim & Diane Bailey
Eberhard Foundation
James Jaqua
Karen Klein
Kevin & Linda Pitts
Markie Cowley Rank & Pat Rank
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Robitaille
STIR Foods
Richard P. & Jane Taylor
The Thomas Family
VTI Instruments/Ametek
Waterline Technologies Inc
Allen & Kim Yourman

Beverage Sponsors

Event Sponsors
Andy Templeton Photography
Ballard Electrical
Burns & Associates
Melissa’s Produce
Minnie Ballard, Gaye Besler, Sheri Bowen, Shannon Burns, Elizabeth Hopkins, Lynn Gosselin, Maggie Hayes, Helen Kinsey, Julie Neja, Karen McGlinn, Katie Santore, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch


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